OK, cards on the table. We know the drill – something didn’t go according to plan the night before and you decide to take the morning after pill.
Shock, horror – people have sex, and sometimes even with the best of intentions, we find ourselves in need of emergency contraception.
In HRA’s 2021 survey of 1040 female, trans men and non binary people, 59% had experienced a contraceptive failure and 74% had taken the morning after pill afterwards. They also found that 48% have taken the morning after pill two to five times in their lives.
Sadly, 47% also reported feeling judged for taking the morning after pill. Why is this the case? Accidents happen, and people with uteruses have every right to try and prevent unplanned pregnancy if they find themselves in that situation. It’s 2022, and judging people for having sex and making decisions about their bodies shouldn’t be a thing.
“It’s understandable that anyone might feel worried about sharing something as personal as details about sex,” pharmacist Deborah Evans* explains. “but having a healthy sex life is good for us and pharmacists are here to help, never to judge. Like other healthcare professionals, we see lots of different health issues; women asking for emergency contraception is very normal for us.”